Screw the Candlelight Vigil

Sunday, November 15, AD 2015

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I fully endorse these sentiments of Mark Steyn.  Until the West gets serious about the threat posed by Islamic radicalism, nothing will change:

 

As I write, Paris is under curfew for the first time since the German occupation, and the death toll from the multiple attacks stands at 158, the vast majority of them slaughtered during a concert at the Bataclan theatre, a delightful bit of 19th century Chinoiserie on the boulevard Voltaire. The last time I was there, if memory serves, was to see Julie Pietri. I’m so bloody sick of these savages shooting and bombing and killing and blowing up everything I like – whether it’s the small Quebec town where my little girl’s favorite fondue restaurant is or my favorite hotel in Amman or the brave freespeecher who hosted me in Copenhagen …or a music hall where I liked to go to hear a little jazz and pop and get away from the cares of the world for a couple of hours. But look at the photographs from Paris: there’s nowhere to get away from it; the barbarians who yell “Allahu Akbar!” are there waiting for you …when you go to a soccer match, you go to a concert, you go for a drink on a Friday night. They’re there on the train… at the magazine office… in the Kosher supermarket… at the museum in Brussels… outside the barracks in Woolwich…

Twenty-four hours ago, I said on the radio apropos the latest campus “safe space” nonsense:

This is what we’re going to be talking about when the mullahs nuke us.

Almost. When the Allahu Akbar boys opened fire, Paris was talking about the climate-change conference due to start later this month, when the world’s leaders will fly in to “solve” a “problem” that doesn’t exist rather than to address the one that does. But don’t worry: we already have a hashtag (#PrayForParis) and doubtless there’ll be another candlelight vigil of weepy tilty-headed wankers. Because as long as we all advertise how sad and sorrowful we are, who needs to do anything?

 

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He ends this cri de coeur piece with this:

To repeat what I said a few days ago, I’m Islamed out. I’m tired of Islam 24/7, at Colorado colleges, Marseilles synagogues, Sydney coffee shops, day after day after day. The west cannot win this thing with a schizophrenic strategy of targeting things and people but not targeting the ideology, of intervening ineffectually overseas and not intervening at all when it comes to the remorseless Islamization and self-segregation of large segments of their own countries.

So I say again: What’s the happy ending here? Because if M Hollande isn’t prepared to end mass Muslim immigration to France and Europe, then his “pitiless war” isn’t serious. And, if they’re still willing to tolerate Mutti Merkel’s mad plan to reverse Germany’s demographic death spiral through fast-track Islamization, then Europeans aren’t serious. In the end, the decadence of Merkel, Hollande, Cameron and the rest of the fin de civilisation western leadership will cost you your world and everything you love.

So screw the candlelight vigil.

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66 Responses to Screw the Candlelight Vigil

  • What western leaders in both secular and Church circles seem unable to understand when they drone on with their “No to war.” schitck is that they are endorsing the very thing that makes war necessary.

  • Yes, that was a great piece. He gets the mood of many of us precisely right, even if we haven’t quite had the courage or the skill to say it that way. That’s one mark of a fine writer.

  • Amici et Amicae,
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    I am changing my pseudonym (to the name of a man who assumed power only for the duration of a crisis, and then surrendered it to return to his family and farm once the crisis was past) when commenting because there are liberal progressives who will act against anyone having a point of view not their own. They will first harass, demean and marginalize. Then they will take action to dismiss from employment and to bring to court. Finally the real persecution starts: jail, torture and execution. It happened in Mexico under Plutarco Elias Calles in the early 20th century. It can happen here in the United States.
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    I agree with what Mark Steyn has stated. Islam has been at war with the rest of humanity ever since Mohammed set across the sands of Arabia in the 7th century AD. Are there moderate Islamists who oppose violence? Yes, and I have worked with some, one even having been my department manager. But as a religion, as an ideology, Islam is poisonous and inherently violent. Have there been wicked Christians who have perpetrated violence in the name of Christ? Yes, but neither Christianity nor other religions like Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Shintoism, etc has a holy book like the Koran which demands dhimmitude or execution of those who refuse to believe in Islam. Therefore, Islam has to be eradicated. I do NOT say that those who innocently hold Islamic beliefs should be eradicated. There is a distinguishing difference here.
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    I will add that liberal progressives who murder unborn babies and sell their organs on the open market, who sanctify filthy, putrid homosexual behavior as marriage, are no different than the radical Islamists who crucify Christians, behead news journalists, and set bombs off in suicide missions. Both should be treated in the same way: brought to justice and tried for crimes against humanity. But sadly that is not going to happen any time soon.
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    I also think that since we as Western civilization have abandoned in our laws and our culture our obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ through our liberalism and progressivism, then we cannot expect God to protect us from the Islamists. He will likely do what he did with Israel and Judah in their apostasy – He abandoned them to military defeat and deportation by Assyria and Babylon respectively.
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    Yes, death to Islam and to liberalism. Not death to people, but death to demonic ideologies that murder people.

  • “Greece’s junior minister for migration Yiannis Mouzalas admitted in September that it would be “foolish” to completely discount the possibility of jihadists sneaking into Europe among the refugee wave.

    Over 800,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe this year, with over 3,400 dying in the process.” —Yahoo News (an always credible source), Nov. 15, 2015

    Later, much like the “Holy Father” — whose main focus this past year has been on wealth redistribution and climate change, not on his fantasy of a “piecemeal Third World War” —
    Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras defended the mass immigration:

    “Tsipras on Saturday insisted that the refugees fleeing Syria “are hunted by the same terrorists” that struck in Paris on Friday.

    “We must find solutions to the drama of the people who leave their homes, hunted by the same terrorists, and drown in the Mediterranean,” Tsipras said in a televised address.”

    In other words, the same policies will remain in place.

  • One encouraging thing I’ve seen is a ton of “hammer time” memes on Facebook.

    With pictures of Charles Martel.

    I sure wasn’t taught anything about him– anybody know enough to tell me if this source is accurate enough?
    http://steelfighting.com/2011/07/23/charles-the-hammer-martel-defender-of-christianity/

  • It is true that the West cannot win this war without attacking the Islamic ideology. At the same time it is true that the West has no spiritual resources to do this. In Europe, Christianity is dead. For the modern, secular West there’s only one way to get rid of Islamism: A ban on all religion. The terrible thing is that about 80% of the Europeans are practically atheistic and secularist. There’s only one major robust religion with real impact, Islam. The other religions, Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism, are just tiny and fragile fragments of what they once were. That’s why the preferred long-term political option to effectively deal with Islam is simply to criminalize all religion.

  • I am not sure it is possible anymore to “innocently hold Islamic beliefs.”

  • The sole distinction between the rest of Islam and the extremist terrorists is the rest of Islam hasn’t gone tactical . . yet.
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    Don’t be fooled. They also serve who only sit and wait; and quarter jihadis; and feed jihadis; and arm jihadis; and pay jihadis; and that, my children, is the rest of Islam that hasn’t gone tactical . . .yet.

  • In furtherance to Mr. Sevenster’s post, C.J. Martindale, speaking of monastic life set up by St. Benedict, wrote:

    “When the Barbarians, the Huns, Goths, Franks, Vandals, swept into the western half of the Empire, they crashed up against three immovable facts – the Papacy, the Bishops with their cathedral churches and their schools, and the monasteries. A chaotic mind is always awestruck by an orderly one; violence is impotent before fearlessness; moral or social anarchy very soon yields to a Will firmly set toward what is right, a way of life that tends steadily toward men’s betterment. And the monasteries were centers of grim study, steadfast instruction, development of agriculture, of ever-improving handicraft, of respect for authority, of orderliness of mind, of discipline of the will. You never can begin to calculate what Europe, and England herself, owe to the monks.”

  • “I sure wasn’t taught anything about him– anybody know enough to tell me if this source is accurate enough?”
    The linked article has problems:
    1. Too much certainty about what Martel was thinking. (This is not a well documented period of history.)
    2. It exaggerates disputes between Rome and Martel.

    New Advent has a good, if dated, article on Martel, a truly fascinating figure:

    http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03629a.htm

  • Mark Steyn gets it right, as usual, and I’m glad I’m not the only one who wanted to punch the guy singing “Imagine.” Those candles and the people lighting them belong in church. Anyway, thank goodness for our ever-changing climate, so liberals can continue to rail against a boogeyman that will never actually harm them.

  • Mark’s got it right. The first thing we should pray for is a new Pope, someone like Pius V. We need a world wide Christian spiritual leader who will proclaim the truth and inspire holiness.

  • Fight back when there’s so many candles? How would one spell Vichy France in Arabic?

  • “…the preferred long-term political option to effectively deal with Islam is simply to criminalize all religion.”

    Why criminalize those religions, which by atrophy and secularization, are already a non-threat? Won’t banning Islam merely drive it into the modern-day version of the catacombs?

  • It is true that the West cannot win this war without attacking the Islamic ideology.

    I am not sure it is possible anymore to “innocently hold Islamic beliefs.”

    The sole distinction between the rest of Islam and the extremist terrorists is the rest of Islam hasn’t gone tactical . . yet.

    I think suppressing the corporate bodies with the bombs and the guns, controlling immigration, and laying waste Iranian nuclear facilities will be a sufficiently consuming task. Not sure what the rest of you have in mind.

  • DonL

    Recall « l’affaire du voile » in France over the wearing of the hijab by Muslim girls in public schools.

    The National Assembly passed a law banning it, along with other “conspicuous religious symbols.”

    In February 2004, a survey by CSA for Le Parisien showed 69% of the population for the ban and 29% against. For Muslims in France, the February survey showed 42% for and 53% against. Interestingly, among surveyed Muslim women, 49% approved the proposed law, and 43% opposed it (Economist Feb 5 2004)

    Not a few Muslim women in France are opposed to the more repressive aspects of their own religion. The president of the Muslim women’s movement, « Ni Putes Ni Soumises » [Neither Sluts nor Door-mats] Sihem Habchi, in a forceful attack on “multiculturalism” has demanded “No more justifications of our oppression in the name of the right to be different and of respect toward those men who force us to bow our heads”
    Similarly, Fadela Amara, another Muslim and former Secretary of State for Urban Policies has declared that “For this generation, the crucial issues are laïcité, gender equality and gender desegregation…”
    Rachida Dati, Minister of Justice (garde des Sceaux) and herself a Muslim, gave a thoughtful defence of the ban. “Pupils’ freedom of conscience, which is an internal freedom, in no way gives them ‘the right to express and manifest their religious beliefs’ in educational institutions, for that involves external acts which improperly introduce religion into the public domain of the school.”

  • Christianity is nearly comatose in WESTERN Europe, the nations run by fools who have let Muslims in for decades.
    You will NOT see in the media the protests taking place against allowing Muslims to resettle that are taking place in Hungary, Poland and their neighbors. Christianity is not exactly robust through all of Central Europe, but it is a lot stronger than in Western Europe. Poland’s ruling political party has said NO to any Muslim refugees.
    Notice that Al Qaeda and ISIS has left that part of Europe alone.

  • DonL

    I should have added that the headscarf ban was challenged on religious freedom grounds. The Conseil d’Etat, after reciting the various constitutional and statutory guarantees, dismissed the challenge in a single sentence: “but considering that the law of 15 March 2004 is concerned with actions, not opinions, for this reason [par ce motif] rejects…”

  • MPS
    I appreciate your info on Muslim women not necessarily buying into all aspects of the radical’s idea of Islam. Perhaps a good campaign to agitate that divide might bring about what a war can’t? We certainly have perfected the divide and agitate in America.

  • Posted by D.J. Hesselius – “I am not sure it is possible anymore to “innocently hold Islamic beliefs.”
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    Precisely!

  • The West is at war
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    Islam is at war. The West is at the mall, or on the campus green protesting adulthood, or obsessing over climate, gay rights, Bruce Jenner’s fashion-sense, etc. etc. etc.

  • The National Assembly passed a law banning it, along with other “conspicuous religious symbols.”

    An Alan Paton character modeled on Prime Minister Daniel Malan had this bit of dialogue in Ah, But Your Land is Beautiful: “I am not going to make myself look ridiculous by prohibiting someone from wearing a particular type of cap”.

    The Conseil d’Etat, after reciting the various constitutional and statutory guarantees,

    Weird that the French legal system put the matter in front of an administrative tribunal, as if the plaintiffs were jonesing for social security benefits.

  • “Islam is at war. The West is at the mall, or on the campus green protesting adulthood, or obsessing over climate, gay rights, Bruce Jenner’s fashion-sense, etc. etc. etc.”

    Wrong. The reality is as I stated it, and reality never is changed by the steadfast wish of any number of people to ignore it. If this blog has recurring themes, that is one of them.

  • Not sure what the rest of you have in mind.

    I’ve always thought Ann Coulter had the right idea.

  • I’ll try to clarify. Islam is at war with the West; the West is not at war with Islam, to its detriment.

  • Relayed Nov 14th, via e-mail, stark observation from a Catholic living in Versailles:

    “Here in Versailles, we are quiet; but Paris is a Babylon. France is in danger because it is punished for its infidelity. The patience of God is limited. Islam is the consequence of our apostasy.”

  • I’ve always thought Ann Coulter had the right idea.

    She said something along the lines of “we need to invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to Christianity”. Not a promising plan.

  • I am heartened by all of your comments on this post- intelligence and passion. Except for the “Bring out your dead” comment from Ronald Sevenster– ” It may be only a couple of minutes” a la Monty Python’s Holy Grail – our culture and European culture is lacking much no doubt, but we do have hope. Capitulation is no answer.
    Jesus brought Lazarus back—

  • Conrad’s Kurtz in Heart of Darkness had it correctly, “Exterminate all the Brutes!”
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    Iliad Book XXI, “Strong Hatred defender of peoples.” The ancients saw as demi-gods, and gave names to, hatred, panic, terror, etc. Greek words for Terror and Panic were names of Ares’ (god of war, post-modern scholars) chariot horses.
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    When will the West begin to hate? Apparently not after they murdered 3,000 on 11 Sep 2001. Not when they murdered hundreds of Spaniards in 2003. Let’s see about the slaughtered 129 in Paris. Seems as if this is a job for the Foreign Legion (the French don’t care if none returns).
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    Truth is Obama, liberals, and jihadis are kindred spirits. They are out to destroy Western Civilization and our liberty and property. In short, the “brutes” are liberals and mass-murdering jihadis.

  • Seen on “Never Yet Melted” blog. “Head of Interpol Proposes Armed citizenry as Antidote to Terrorism.”
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    For nearly a century, liberals have tried to disarm us so they and now jihadis can have their way over us.
    ;
    Apologies to Pogo.” We has met the enemy and they is liberals.”

  • With regards to banning a religion and driving it underground–the Middle East used to be Christian. Then the Muslims came a pretty much banned Christianity. So, yes, banning can be done and be effective.

  • Obama should be impeached. I watched part of his mealy-mouthed speech this morning. He is an impediment to national security and world peace. His motives are obscure but his inaction is tantamount to treason. The French should get off the sidewalks and into the churches. Light candles there before the Blessed Sacrament. Whether it be Paris or at the scene of a fatal accident or shooting or whatever else, these candlelit teddy bear expressions of sentimentality are a sickening substitute for the sacraments instituted by Christ.

  • With regards to banning a religion and driving it underground–the Middle East used to be Christian. Then the Muslims came a pretty much banned Christianity. So, yes, banning can be done and be effective.

    It took centuries of social pressure to disestablish Christianity among the general populace and there remained substantial Christian minorities in the Near East as recently as the beginning of the 20th Century. Christians were a majority in Lebanon as recently as 1932.

    One place where Christianity disappeared was the Maghreb. Well, we’ve conducted a recent experiment. The French conquest of the Maghreb began in 1930, though it was not fully complete until about 1928. The legal regime was at least permissive for Christian missionary work. Progress toward that end between 1830 and 1962 was, alas, diddly/squat. I take it you’re planning on a long period of subjugation for the Arab states.

  • I said banning could be done, but you are right it would take awhile. It would be better
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    1) stop giving Muslim states (frankly any state) humanitarian “aide”
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    2) have the Pope and bishops concecrate the Middle East to the Blessed Virgin Mary, naming the states by name and pray for and end to Islam.
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    I don’t think either will happen.

  • stop giving Muslim states (frankly any state) humanitarian “aide”

    Now you have it in for refugee camps and disaster relief. Non-security oriented foreign aid by the U.S. Government amounts to something north of $20 bn a year worldwide. It’s generally not that contextually important except in loci where the U.S. government has had some discrete political goals or loci suffering some sort of acute disaster. The countries which are seriously mendicant are generally to be found in the South Pacific or Tropical Africa (and they get their aid from a smorgasbord of sources). The muslim countries receiving more than squat are Afghanistan , Bangladesh, Bosnia, Burkina Faso, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, the Sudan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, and the West Bank and Gaza, and the U.S. is not necessarily the patron providing the aid. Few of these have been problem countries to the West, at least not at any time in the last 40 years. One place where turning the spigots off might do some good would be the West Bank and Gaza.

  • Art Deco wrote, “Few of these have been problem countries to the West, at least not at any time in the last 40 years”

    For some years now, France has had 3,000 troops deployed across Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad, in Operation Burkhane, to maintain stability in the Sahel.

  • If I may….

    1. The sentence “We are at war with radical jihadists” seems like a fair descriptor.
    2. What does “defending western values” look like? I hear the idea bantered about, but what does it ultimatly mean? I’m not talking about immigration policy. Assuming one has determined a number of yearly immigrints one thinks one’s country’s infrastructure can handle, what then?
    3. I have heard Muslims who embrace things like Freedom of Religion and Equality of the Sexes be accused of fooling themselves. That the radicial jihadists, and even just those REALLY conservative muslims who would like a theocracy voted in someday get what Mohammad actually wanted more. To a certain degree, so what? Who cares what Mohammad ultmatly wanted, so long as the moderates, liberals, and non-violent conservatives of Islam are the ultimate winners of the current convulsions within Islamic thought, and the radical jihadists the losers?
    4. I follow up the previous statement by saying that while I of course believe in Catholicism and wish to see its triumph, assuming that wont happen till Jesus comes back, I will settle for those most likley to live in peace with us taking command of Islam, regardless of what Mohammad may or may not have wanted.
    5. Can’t we have it both ways? Instead of saying “its about religion and a culture clash” or “its all about poverty, discrimination, and specific historical grivences”, that BOTH answers are correct to a degree?
    6. By that token, that one could argue supporting the universal adoption of the US 14th amendemnt’s ruling on citizenship, withdrawing from the schengen agreement, setting a kind of low total number of new individuals one takes in a year (WITHOUT saying ‘we will mostly take in Europeans but only a tiny percentage from the Middle East’), tackling the discrimination people who are Muslim face in Europe, leaving people alone to veil or not veil as they please, while “celebrating” Freedom of Religion, Freedom to Criticize, Equality of the Sexs, might be a decent combination for a European country to make?
    7. I posit that while Freedom to Criticise, Freedom of Relgion, Equality of the Sexes, being a democracy or constitutional monarchy etc. represent ideas that are worth defending, spreading, and celebrating, one can hold to them without neccesarily adopting what one consideres “European” or “American” food, music, clothing. It bugs me about the whole “multiculturalism vs. assimilation vs. intergration debate” that we seem to focus on demanding loyalty to things that dont matter that much. Take the veil. Making ones “IN DEFENSE OF THE WEST” line in sand over that seems like a poor choice. One can theoretically veil and still believe in equality of the sexes. The latter matters a heck of a lot less than adherence to Western clothing styles.
    8. Call the above….which seems relevant to the debate about both Islam in Europe and Latino immigration to the United States….The Liberty Principle. As long as a society is united in defense of key freedoms, who cares what the differences in food, clothing, or even language are? All the rest is relative. Even if we acknoldege that the phrase “all religions are the same” lacks nuiance (plus many of us dont believe that, choosing one we think is right) even that is something the government should stay out of.
    9 A PS to point 8 (and kinda off topic)….I consider the war on drugs a BIG part of the violence the US worries Latino immigration will somehow lead to, and favor to utter end to it. Also I pose that maybe the border with Mexico is soo big that “controlling the border” against individuals as opposed to armies is impossible.

  • MPS, not one of these countries has had a hostile government in decades, if ever. They’ve had a security problem derived from what Walter Russell Mead calls ‘the Libyan after party’. It did not arise from local politics.

  • BLAST IT!! I meant more. Equality of the Sexes matters MORE than adherence to western clothing styles!

  • “1. The sentence “We are at war with radical jihadists” seems like a fair descriptor.”

    Agreed.

    “2. What does “defending western values” look like? I hear the idea bantered about, but what does it ultimatly mean? I’m not talking about immigration policy. Assuming one has determined a number of yearly immigrints one thinks one’s country’s infrastructure can handle, what then?”

    But of course that is the point. Elites have taken out of the hands of legislatures the power to determine the number of immigrants admitted each year.

    “3. I have heard Muslims who embrace things like Freedom of Religion and Equality of the Sexes be accused of fooling themselves. That the radicial jihadists, and even just those REALLY conservative muslims who would like a theocracy voted in someday get what Mohammad actually wanted more. To a certain degree, so what? Who cares what Mohammad ultmatly wanted, so long as the moderates, liberals, and non-violent conservatives of Islam are the ultimate winners of the current convulsions within Islamic thought, and the radical jihadists the losers?”

    Moderate muslims seem quite incapable of preventing their nations from being breeding and operating grounds for jihadists. One reason of course is that the jihadists can point to passages in the Koran that justify what they do, as well as endless examples from Islamic history. In the Islamic world, the concept of separation of state and religion is almost literally unthinkable as the heirs of Attaturk in Turkey are finding out.

    “4. I follow up the previous statement by saying that while I of course believe in Catholicism and wish to see its triumph, assuming that wont happen till Jesus comes back, I will settle for those most likley to live in peace with us taking command of Islam, regardless of what Mohammad may or may not have wanted.”

    All the West has largely wanted from Islam is to be left alone. 1400 years of strife indicate how futile such a hope has been.

    “5. Can’t we have it both ways? Instead of saying “its about religion and a culture clash” or “its all about poverty, discrimination, and specific historical grivences”, that BOTH answers are correct to a degree?”

    “It’s all about Islam which can be discerned by noting that Islam almost always has unfriendly relations with any culture unfortunate enough to share a border with an Islamic country.”

    “6. By that token, that one could argue supporting the universal adoption of the US 14th amendemnt’s ruling on citizenship, withdrawing from the schengen agreement, setting a kind of low total number of new individuals one takes in a year (WITHOUT saying ‘we will mostly take in Europeans but only a tiny percentage from the Middle East’), tackling the discrimination people who are Muslim face in Europe, leaving people alone to veil or not veil as they please, while “celebrating” Freedom of Religion, Freedom to Criticize, Equality of the Sexs, might be a decent combination for a European country to make?”

    Western elites have created a problem where none existed by insisting on large scale immigration into Western lands. This indicates that the problem is not only with Islamic immigrants, but also with Western elites completely indifferent to the problems that their feel good policies inflict on the masses of the populations of their countries.

    “7. I posit that while Freedom to Criticise, Freedom of Relgion, Equality of the Sexes, being a democracy or constitutional monarchy etc. represent ideas that are worth defending, spreading, and celebrating, one can hold to them without neccesarily adopting what one consideres “European” or “American” food, music, clothing. It bugs me about the whole “multiculturalism vs. assimilation vs. intergration debate” that we seem to focus on demanding loyalty to things that dont matter that much. Take the veil. Making ones “IN DEFENSE OF THE WEST” line in sand over that seems like a poor choice. One can theoretically veil and still believe in equality of the sexes. The latter matters a heck of a lot less than adherence to Western clothing styles.”

    The problem is that Islamic immigrants often ape our fashions and little else.

    “8. Call the above….which seems relevant to the debate about both Islam in Europe and Latino immigration to the United States….The Liberty Principle. As long as a society is united in defense of key freedoms, who cares what the differences in food, clothing, or even language are? All the rest is relative. Even if we acknoldege that the phrase “all religions are the same” lacks nuiance (plus many of us dont believe that, choosing one we think is right) even that is something the government should stay out of.”

    Diversity without rapid assimilation is poison for any nation.

    “9 A PS to point 8 (and kinda off topic)….I consider the war on drugs a BIG part of the violence the US worries Latino immigration will somehow lead to, and favor to utter end to it. Also I pose that maybe the border with Mexico is soo big that “controlling the border” against individuals as opposed to armies is impossible.”

    Immigration controls with Mexico are not impossible to enforce. The present difficulty is the special interests, the Democrat Party, many businesses, and, sadly, the Church, that benefit from the present lack of enforcement and fight enforcement efforts tooth and nail.

  • If you substitute the word “Democrat” for Islamist you find the same evil being perpetrated on our society and innocent persons, but on an even larger scale. You also see a similarity between those who silently provide the “numbers” that make it a major power, who haven’t, yet, gone “tactical,” in other words, implementing that organization’s beliefs. The Democrat Party is as evil as Islam is on a larger scale; yet, Democrats, like Muslims, don’t even see it. That is why so many “faithful” Catholics can still endorse that organization with their names and support, including the clergy. That is the real and only “fruit/result” of the U.S. bishops’ “consistent ethic of life.”

  • As for “outlawing all religions,” as was suggested, as a way of banning Islam and its terrorist acts; that isn’t necessary. Under our Constitution the “Freedom of religion” is a right…but as long as its beliefs, teachings, and practices are not contrary to existing law. Islam is the only “religion” that teaches the killing of non believers, or Muslims who have left the faith. Those are acts of murder, and murder is against all our laws. Therefore, for Islam to be legal in the U.S., it will have to change its teachings and the source of those teachings, that violate existing law, or it is not allowed here. That means Muslims in the U.S. will have to address those issues – which should have been done long before now. It will also identify and isolate those who would be terrorist which then would enable deportations to take place.

  • Donald wrote:
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    “All the West has largely wanted from Islam is to be left alone.  1400 years of strife indicate how futile such a hope has been.”
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    That is true. However, much of Western Europe finances Islam by buying liquid hydrocarbon fuels from lands of Islamic fascism. Europe, the US and Canada need to go full tilt nuclear. We need to produce our own liquid hydrocarbon fuel from coal using nuclear steam heat in the Fischer-Tropsch process. Let the Islamic fanatics drown in their mineral slime. But that is not what we are doing. President Hollande of France wants to reduce his country’s nuclear dependency from 70% to 50% and Germany is embarking on a complete nuclear phaseout. In the US we have recently shutdown San Onofre Units 2 and 2, Keewanee, Crystal River and Vermont Yankee, and now Entergy plans to shutdown Pilgrim and James Fitzpatrick (where I once worked) as well. Governor Cuomo additionally works to shutdown Indian Point Units 2 and 3 while denying permission for oil and gas companies to frack in the Marcellus shale. All of that makes us in Western countries ever more dependent on Islamic countries for their product.
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    Do we want to stop the Islamic fanatics from exporting their Jihad worldwide? If the answer is yes, then we need to stop financing them either directly or indirectly through buying the product that their countries export. That means more new nuclear: advanced passively safe light water reactors like GEH ESBWR and NuScale SMR, GEH PRISM sodium cooled fast neutron burner reactor, Candu ACR-1000 heavy water reactor, molten salt thorium fueled reactors, high temperature gas cooled pebble bed reactors, etc.

  • lex credendi, lex orandi
    lex vivendi, lex vestibus

    my little attempt at humor

  • Stillbebelieve:

    I liked your comments on Democrats and Muslims. Both are about control. Both try to destroy their enemies. Both pander to sex to gain adherents. Both are ideological. Both are non-Christian. Both are evil and both will destroy society unless stopped.

    And on a related point. Most of the clergy of the Catholic Church supports the Democrats which tells you where there heart is. So it is no wonder we have the problems we do in this country. I suggest that the implementation of Vatican II with it’s emphasis on Social Justice is significantly responsible for the cultural decline in the United States by going along with the zeitgeist rather than resisting it.

  • So, I talked again with my daughter and son-in-law who live in a suburban enclave south of Brussels yesterday about events: I asked her how the Muslim arrondissements (esp. we are talking about Mollenbek, which they had previously warned me about to avoid when I last came to Brussels: it is right near the train station (remember the recent train attack, foiled by the two Americans: that jihadist was staying with his sister in Mollenbek) around Brussels-center could so easily get firearms, are Belgian gun laws lax?

    She and her husband, a native Fleming, responded vigorously “no”: it is just that the Muslims ignore the laws, and import them, either via Antwerp or by other means, and they are their own law in their ghetto. She affirmed again what I thought was the case, that ordinary Belgians have a hard time getting a gun—usually you have to be part of a hunting club: but that they are considering arming up now: enough is enough.

    She also reminded me that, according to many Belgian citizens, the nation imported vast numbers of “workers” starting in the 1970s because the Belgian birth-rate dropped to virtual non-replacement-zero. Every immigrant automatically gets $1000 euros a month, and an additiona $140 euros for every child they have. Period. She has checked. How nice that we encourage Muslim settlement of Europe.
    ….
    (Hmmm. Vast drop in the birth rate in a once-Catholic country in the 1970’s. Humanae Vitae, 1968. And who was the Card. Primate at that time? Ahh, yes, that great lion of V2, Card. Leo Josef Suenens, (in office til 1979) a great defender of Humanae Vitae? (A. Not) And who was his hand-picked successor, from 1979-2010? One Godfried (“Rot-fried”?) Danneels, another V2 lion, an anti-Humanae Vitae proponent, and allegedly more recently, one of the “Sahnkt-Gallen” ring that pushed Ratzinger out of the papacy for his alleged incompetency.

    So, the consequences of insubordination, of “apostasy which will come from the top”, is insidious and vastly devastating. Time to pay for the consequences.

  • And I should just mention this, because it may be relevant:
    ….
    “In addition to his role in covering up sexual abuse and passing endorsement for same-sex couples, Cardinal Danneels has raised the ire of some Catholics for being suspected of approval of, if not direct involvement in, freemasonry in Belgium.

    According to some sources, Danneels spoke at a masonic event dressed in masonic costume, is on friendly relations with the Grand Orient of Belgium, and owns various books on freemasonry, including “Become a a Freemason at the Grand Orient of Belgium”. (L’Echo, May 31,2013)
    ….
    I am sure this can all be explained. “Fr. Lombardi? Fr. Lombardi?”

  • That is true. However, much of Western Europe finances Islam by buying liquid hydrocarbon fuels from lands of Islamic fascism.

    Oil’s a fungible commodity. And, no, ‘fascist’ is not the proper word to describe Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, the gulf Emirates, Oman, or Indonesia, none of whom are severely governed. It’s a term misapplied to Saudi Arabia, which is severely governed (but fairly practical in its foreign policy aims). Azerbaijan has not been disturbing the peace of the world, either.

  • “When criticized for her statement, Wallström reacted by claiming that ‘the Jews are campaigning against [her]’.”

    Amazing how many European socialists can always find a way to blame the Joos for everything.

  • Check out Maureen Mullarkey on this subject. Excellent as always.

    http://studiomatters.com/after-paris

  • Don:

    2: Did not answer the question. Plus, Europe should not issue a mass expulsion of those of the Muslim faith already living there. So then what?
    3. First, the problems are the result of MANY factors, including some that have been affecting the entire post-colonial world. Its also pointless to play the “look at the violence one sees in the scriptures” game, as one sees for instance incredible violence in the Old Testament. Even if the New Testament was always understood to demand a different course, the idea that God once ordered a genocide was for a long time taken for granted (thank goodness for biblical archaeology suggested such a genocide never happened). What matters is how people live out the faith now. And in the United States, the Islamic community here has had nowhere NEAR the same radicalization problems as in Europe (where the radical jihadists are still a tiny fraction anyway).
    4. Point was we have moderate and liberal allies within Islam, who deserve our support and not to be lumped in with the radical jihadists.
    5. Europe’s racism and discrimination against its Muslim population is a real and pernicious problem. I will point out, again, that the United States does not have nearly the same problem with home grown radicalism. Our Muslim population is fairly well integrated. Plus various Muslim communities over time have been more “liberal” than others. Look for instance to the Kurds. They are in fact Muslim. And some of our best allies in the region.
    6. Did not answer specific points of proposed, hypothetical combination being used in the here and now. Thinking about what could have been and past choices on the matter is largely pointless now.
    7.Did not respond to specific point.
    8. What does rapid assimilation even mean? How much is required to be lost? And do the specific points people get bent out of shape over….does food, clothing, entertainment….really matter? If trying to forge unity out of only ideas is “new”, frankly so what? Our ancestors after all messed up a LOT.
    9. In addition to the sheer, unbridled size of the Mexican-American border, there is also the fact that there has basically always been free movement back and forth.

  • Amazing how many European socialists can always find a way to blame the Joos for everything.

    The best sense I can make of that is that Jews are wont stick up for themselves and are generally unpromising fodder for patron-client relationships. That makes them repulsive to the social worker mind (which pervades social work, school administration, the lower rungs of the mental health trade, and, alas, the clergy). That’s the occidental mid-market variant. Another strand of thought appears to consist of people pwnd by Michael Abraham at some debate at Oxford. That’s the British journalist variant. Another strand of thought is given to leapfrogging loyalties and siding with ugly foreigners against people proximate to you, as a sort of self-aggrandizing gesture. That’s the Jeremy Corbyn variant. Another strand fumes at affluent people. I won’t mention the name of the Catholic blogger who manifests that.

  • Don:

    2: Did not answer the question.

    Meet him halfway and break up the text wall into paragraphs.

  • Art,
    .
    You are correct that oil is fungible. I will then modify my statement. If Western countries continue to remain addicted to oil, then some (indeed, much) of that oil will have been bought from Muslims. That finances Muslims, and while those Muslims may be moderate (is there such a thing), eventually, sooner or later the money ends up funding Islamic terrorist groups.
    .
    We need to get off the oil and natural gas economy. Europe, the US and Canada need to become energy self-reliant. Only a transition to a nuclear economy can do that, and doing it will go a long ways towards starving these groups of the funding they need to perpetrate their terrorist activities world wide.
    .
    Now all that said, I do not believe for one minute in the liberal progressive assertion that the US invaded iraq because of Dick Cheney’s war for oil. Some things are simply too ludicrous to be considered seriously. But I do believe that buying oil from any of these Muslim states is a bad thing. Let them burn their own oil as they chose. But we should chose otherwise. Any dependency on them for any resource ends up financing them and at bottom Islam demand dhimmitude or death of non-Muslims.

  • “2: Did not answer the question. Plus, Europe should not issue a mass expulsion of those of the Muslim faith already living there. So then what?”

    I did answer it. The first step to defending Western values is to limit the number of people coming to Western countries embracing a faith that has historically been inimical to the West. The power to set immigration policy should reside with the people living there. Removal of generous welfare benefits in Europe would cause many Islamic immigrants to seek more salubrious shores.

    “3. First, the problems are the result of MANY factors, including some that have been affecting the entire post-colonial world. Its also pointless to play the “look at the violence one sees in the scriptures” game, as one sees for instance incredible violence in the Old Testament. Even if the New Testament was always understood to demand a different course, the idea that God once ordered a genocide was for a long time taken for granted (thank goodness for biblical archaeology suggested such a genocide never happened). What matters is how people live out the faith now. And in the United States, the Islamic community here has had nowhere NEAR the same radicalization problems as in Europe (where the radical jihadists are still a tiny fraction anyway).”

    Christianity has never had the same impetus to control and dominate other societies that has existed throughout Islamic history. European expansion, with the exception of Spain, had very little religious component to it, and was largely the result of economics, which also brought the period of expansion to an end when overseas empires became too expensive to maintain.

    The violence contained in the Old Testament revolved around God setting up the Jews in their own small state rather than raising up a Jewish Jihad to control an empire. Ignoring the fact that radical jihadists can find much to support their cause in the Koran and Islamic history is to ignore one of the fundamental aspects of the problem. We have a problem of course precisely because muslims that are not radical jihadists are unable to prevent those who are from operating with impunity in most Islamic countries.

    “4. Point was we have moderate and liberal allies within Islam, who deserve our support and not to be lumped in with the radical jihadists.”

    See answer above for 3. If moderate muslims were as predominant as claimed our problem with radical jihadism would be almost non-existant.
    “5. Europe’s racism and discrimination against its Muslim population is a real and pernicious problem. I will point out, again, that the United States does not have nearly the same problem with home grown radicalism. Our Muslim population is fairly well integrated. Plus various Muslim communities over time have been more “liberal” than others. Look for instance to the Kurds. They are in fact Muslim. And some of our best allies in the region.”

    I doubt if there are few places on Earth where muslims have met with less discrimination than Europe. That simply is not a source of the problem. With the Kurds Islam has taken a back seat, for the time being, to the strong Kurdish desire to establish a Kurdish state.

    “6. Did not answer specific points of proposed, hypothetical combination being used in the here and now. Thinking about what could have been and past choices on the matter is largely pointless now.”

    Actually it isn’t because feckless leadership in Europe cause this problem and better leadership can fix it, or at least alleviate it.

    “7.Did not respond to specific point.”

    Yes I did. Muslims tend to adopt our styles and fashions but not our substance.

    “8. What does rapid assimilation even mean? How much is required to be lost? And do the specific points people get bent out of shape over….does food, clothing, entertainment….really matter? If trying to forge unity out of only ideas is “new”, frankly so what? Our ancestors after all messed up a LOT.”

    Rapid assimilation means that their loyalty is to this country, that they learn to speak English, that they support themselves and that they agree to play by our rules of government. Anyone who can’t or won’t do this is more than welcome to leave this nation.

    “9. In addition to the sheer, unbridled size of the Mexican-American border, there is also the fact that there has basically always been free movement back and forth.”

    Actually that is not correct. Mass illegal immigration by Mexicans into this country is largely a post World War II phenomenon, and most of it since 1965. It is a man made problem caused by lax enforcement of our immigration laws and a deliberate policy by the Mexican government to relieve their economic problems by having a large portion of their poorer citizens migrate to the US where they become a source of economic strength by sending money back to their relatives in Mexico.

  • Paul, the logic of your programme is a blanket trade embargo on the Muslim world. Foreign exchange is foreign exchange. Doesn’t matter if you get it exporting oil or exporting apricot paste. We have trouble with maybe nine countries right now. For most, the problem is the breakdown of central authority, not whatever scheme the enfeebled central government is up to. One of the more menacing is Turkey, which is not much of a participant in the oil market. What did Kuwait or Indonesia ever do to you? What you’re advocating is pointlessly hostile and perverse.

  • Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, you know that I agree with you on expanding nuclear power. However, oil and natural gas are NOT going away.

    I prefer to cook, heat my water and my home and dry clothes with natural gas over electricity. Natural gas is better than electricity for these uses. Natural gas is an excellent fuel for fleet vehicles and if cars were sold using natural gas, I would be able to fill up my vehicle at home by tapping into the natural gas service at home. I want no part of electric vehicles.

    Back to the topic….the problem is Islam. The problem has been Islam and the problem will continue to be Islam. Islam is not compatible with any other faith or political system and has been at war with everyone since Mohammed was chasing young girls.

    The secondary problem is that the vast majority of the Catholic Church has become a bunch of wimps. The Church used to have a backbone and called sin what it is – sin. The Church produced martyr saints, cloistered saints, saints who helped the poor, saints who educated, saints who were missionaries, saints who were theologians, saints who were family members, and saints who FOUGHT!. Often they fought Islam, whether by words or with their fists or whatever weapon they could get their hands on or whatever army they could join.

    Those of us who hold to the teachings of this Church are bad mouthed by the Pope. Well, he can go ahead and bad mouth because his words have no effect on me or how I will raise my sons. There are far better Catholic examples to follow.

  • Art Deco wrote, “The best sense I can make of that is that Jews are wont stick up for themselves…”
    Alain Finkielkraut published an essay on anti-Semitism, Au Nom de l’Autre: Réfléxions sur l’antisémitisme qui vient (In the Name of the Other: Reflections on the Coming Anti-Semitism) in which he has taken aim at the Left, explaining that anti-Jewish hatred of today comes not from those nostalgic for Pétain and Vichy but rather the activists of the anti-globalization and anti-racism movements. He explains that European unity is constructed around a series of “never agains.” No more war, nor power, nor empire, nor nationalism. Progressive Europe has disavowed its embarrassing past. This makes it ill at ease with a state, Israel, that clings to its borders just as Europe renounces its own, that nurtures its army just as Europe demilitarizes, and that must combat implacable enemies just as Europe denies such things exist

  • “No more war, nor power, nor empire, nor nationalism. Progressive Europe has disavowed its embarrassing past. This makes it ill at ease with a state, Israel, that clings to its borders just as Europe renounces its own, that nurtures its army just as Europe demilitarizes, and that must combat implacable enemies just as Europe denies such things exist.”

    Comment of the week MPS! Take ‘er away Sam!

  • Penguins Fan,
    .
    We agree. Natural gas for home heating is best. It is wasteful and unnecessarily increases price as supply becomes constricted when natural gas is also used for electrical generation.
    .
    Battery manufacture and periodic replacement of said batteries for electric vehicles are themselves a source of heavy metal pollution far more environmental injurious than the emissions from a fossil fueled vehicle. Developing domestic hydrocarbon reserves and using nuclear steam heat in the Fischer-Tropsch process to produce liquid hydrocarbon fuels from domestic coal reserves are wiser courses of action.
    .
    Whatever the case may be – and with all due respect to Art Deco – I do think that we should starve the Muslims of money. Is it perverse to deny them trade for their hydrocarbon product? Perhaps. But their demonic religion that demands dhimmitude or execution of Jews and Christians – a faith held by about 1 billion of them – is at least equally perverse. Let them have everything in the Middle East except Israel. They can use their own hydrocarbon fuels to provide the energy they need, but we should not buy it.

  • I’m suggesting you turn off the verbiage machine (“their demonic religion”) and ask what Kuwait (as a collectivity) is doing, ask what Senegal is doing, ask what Bangladesh is doing. The answer is: not a damned thing injurious to anyone. We have real problems on our plate. An upraised middle finger pointed toward Mecca does not address those problems. (And, interesting you’d concede every beneficial thing you might get in commercial and politico-military dealings to Russia and China, who likely have the sense not to reduce their foreign policy to rhetorical flourishes).

  • Progressive Globalists such as represented by Obama turn “Charity begins at home” on its head. They reverse the principle of Subsidiarity and get everything backwards and wrong. Israel, driven by stark reality, gets it right. We should imitate them. “Salvation is from the Jews” and also a lot of commonsense.

  • My agenda: hone my steel; buy more ammunition.
    .
    The threat isn’t in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Turkey, or anywhere overseas. It is in the homeland. ISIS and Obama will deploy additional terrorists to the USA. The real threats to our country and our way of life are in colleges; in lying, liberal media meeting rooms; and in the White House.
    .
    That you need to understand.
    .
    If you don’t take responsibility for your safety no one will. The odds are very slim (as in the lottery), but at any moment you may meet sudden death (it beats malignant melanoma) like the unarmed victims in Paris. You can light candles and sing songs, “All We Are Give Peace a Chance.” You can cower and assume the fetal position. You can parrot politically-correct nonsense by the Obama regime. Or, you can arm yourself; open eyes in the back of your head; and be prepared to defend yourself. Anyhow, it’s highly unlikely you will butcher like a Parisian sheep.
    .

Impotence as Foreign Policy: Part II

Monday, May 12, AD 2014

Bring back our girs

Fresh off their laurels of establishing that the US has no policy regarding Vladimir Putin except to post disapproving internet pics, go here to read all about it, the Obama administration is trying the same thing in regard to the kidnaping of hundreds of Christian girls by the Boko Haram Islamic terrorists in Nigeria.  Needless to say that the pictures mention nothing about the main problem in Nigeria:  an inept and corrupt government and their Keystone Kops military, both of which are terrified by the terrorists who enjoy a fair amount of support among the half of Nigeria which is Muslim.

 

Mark Steyn gets to the heart of why the Obama administration does these idiot dog and pony shows:

 

 

The blogger Daniel Payne wrote this week that “modern liberalism, at its core, is an ideology of talking, not doing“. He was musing on a press release for some or other “Day of Action” that is, as usual, a day of inaction:

Diverse grassroots groups are organizing and participating in events such as walks, rallies and concerts and calling on government to reduce climate pollution, transition off fossil fuels and commit to a clean energy future.

It’s that easy! You go to a concert and someone “calls on government” to do something, and the world gets fixed.

There’s something slightly weird about taking a hashtag – which on the Internet at least has a functional purpose – and getting a big black felt marker and writing it on a piece of cardboard and holding it up, as if somehow the comforting props of social media can be extended beyond the computer and out into the real world. Maybe the talismanic hashtag never required a computer in the first place. Maybe way back during the Don Pacifico showdown all Lord Palmerston had to do was tell the Greeks #BringBackOurJew.

As Mr Payne notes, these days progressive “action” just requires “calling on government” to act. But it’s sobering to reflect that the urge to call on someone else to do something is now so reflexive and ingrained that even “the government” – or in this case the wife of “the government” – is now calling on someone else to do something.

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18 Responses to Impotence as Foreign Policy: Part II

  • Precisely.

    What defines a man is not what he imagines but what he does or does not do.

  • When I saw her # bring back our girls, I just wondered who she is addressing? Who does she want to bring them back? Just makes no sense at all.

  • I posted this on the original ‘fecklessness’ thread:
    More fecklessness: Dr Meriam Yahia Ibrahim (the wife of U.S. citizen Daniel Wani and the mother of 20 month old Martin Wani, who also is a U.S. citizen) was arrested and jailed in Khartoum in February 2014 on a charge of apostasy for being a Muslim woman – her father is Muslim – who married a Christian and adultery since Islamic law does not recognize their marriage, pregnant, has been beaten, denied medical care, and threatened with 100 lashes and death upon conviction. Her son is incarcerated with his mother because Islamic law prohibits his Christian father from having custody. The U.S. Embassy will not assist him without a DNA test proving that he is the son of Daniel Wani but the jail will not allow the testing.

    Yesterday the Sudanese court officially sentenced Dr. Ibrahim to 100 lashes and death. Her son, a U.S. citizen, will now pass into the Sudanese foster care system. Happy Mother’s Day. See http://www.persecution.org/2014/05/11/pregnant-mother-found-guilty-sentenced-to-death-by-sudanese-court-as-u-s-celebrates-mothers-day/

    “Modern liberalism, at its core, is an ideology of talking, not doing“. It seems we are usually too scared to even do any talking. Groupthink at work.

  • Someone should be buying those girls via undercovers posing as rich muslims but…days ago. I think they will machine gun the girls at the approach of any forces and they are not going to feed them much longer if he was partly unwittingly signalling that cash is needed in his “selling them” video. The Bin Laden thing is different in that no hostages were at risk.

  • Every time I see a photo of Moochelle, I think of Jezebel the wife of Ahab, and the story of Naboth the Jezreelite. The Obamas fill me with such loathing and contempt.

  • Let’s imagine for a moment TR lived in the digital age:

    #Pedicaris Alive or Raisuli Dead!

    Even our sloganeering isn’t what it used to be.

  • “Someone should be buying those girls….”
    .

    Because if you want more of something, incentivize it, right?

  • “Even our sloganeering isn’t what it used to be.”

    Yep. Teddy had Perdicaris released within less than a month and a half. His threat was backed up by battleships and several companies of Marines, and the fact that everyone knew that when TR made a threat it was a promise.

  • Maybe Obama could go apologize for something and offer Michelle up as a swap??? Better yet, he could give Boko Harim a case of autograph copies of “Dreams of my Father whoremongering drunkard Socialist.”

    This is a serious and tragic event…..the presidency of the first Muslim of the U.S.A. And yes the inability to tell Americans the truth. The girls and their families are in my prayers.

  • Ernst,
    How do you picture an armed attack working on suicidal men who think they get many girls in paradise if they die fighting for Islam? You can kill them later when you’ve bought the girls into safety.

  • This is pathetic.
    The girls were kidnapped nearly a month ago; having tested the waters of public opinion, they decide to do something as a token of their concern.

    Wife to husband: ” What are you doing today?”
    Husband: “Nothing.”
    Wife: ” But you did that yesterday!”
    Husband: ” I haven’t finished yet.”

  • Buying the girls back only gets more girls kidnapped for ransom.

    Doing this right means using American Special Ops backed up by a Marine Expeditionary Force and Naval Air assets.

    So the Nigerians’ best bet would be to kidnap about twice as many Muslim girls and do a straight up exchange.

  • “.. girls were kidnapped nearly a month ago; having tested the waters of public opinion, they decide to do something as a token of their concern.” Don the Kiwi

    Everything is a play, a ploy! Shallow selfish amateurs who talk and preen and game the world.
    How do we get out of this?

  • Repealing the 17th and 19th amendments would be a good start. So would restricting the franchise to the 53% of adults who actually pay taxes, or some other kind of skin-in-the-game type requirement. Requiring would-be voters to demonstrate a minimum of civic literacy awareness wouldn’t hurt either, but that would go over about as well as Voter ID laws.

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  • “Requiring would-be voters to demonstrate a minimum of civic literacy awareness wouldn’t hurt either, but that would go over about as well as Voter ID laws.”
    .
    Voter ID laws prevent fraud. Land ownership, literacy and the rest rely upon the age of informed consent at emancipation. Otherwise, the voters represent the minors.

  • As effete as they are in international affairs, they are efficacious in ruining America . . . [sigh]

    Ballots?

    Soon enough it will be bullets.

  • I disagree with you T.Shaw. Obama in 2008 led the Democrats to the peak of their political power since their win in 1964. Under Obama’s presidency, the Republicans have taken control of more state legislatures than at any time since Calvin Coolidge was President, retaken the House and it looks like the GOP will probably retake the Senate. It is possible that historians will look back on Obama as the last gasp of FDR’s New Deal, the swan song of the welfare state in this country. We shall see.

IRS Scandal: Union of Party and State

Monday, June 10, AD 2013

10 Responses to IRS Scandal: Union of Party and State

  • “And whaddayaknow, that self-same month the IRS obligingly issued its first BOLO (Be On the Look-Out) for groups with harmless-sounding names, like ‘tea party,’ ‘patriot,’ and ‘constitution.'”

    How much longer before the NSA or the FBI or the DHS start going after people within “groups” having harmless sounding names like “The American Catholic”?

    OK, call me a pessimist, but barring a miracle that either removes BO and his minions from office or involves his repentance and conversion, none of this is going to end well.

    🙁

    I pray that the Lord has mercy, but maybe His mercy involves some serious pruning of His Olive Tree as St. Paul describes in Romans chapter 11.

  • Iowahawk simply states it: “The IRS is now basically an organized crime mob.”

    Regarding disclosures of classified info and lying to Congress and the people: quoted at Instapundit 6/6/2013: Rice and Pinetta: “’Two incidents yesterday raise a critical issue at the heart of this administration’s problems and sinking credibility: Is there one standard of justice for the administration’s people and one for the rest of us?’ Yes. Next question?”

  • I would comment, but since this is a Verizon phone, I’ll say, “I love u IRS and NSA.”

  • And so the Chicagoans march on – undaunted, unafraid, and blind and oblivious to the trail of destruction they are leaving. Are their minion mules still blinkered?

  • The play continues. Some of the Left will show outrage while others silent. Either expression is empty because Obama has served his purpose. He has moved their agenda forward. They know none of this will result in rolling back any of the major initiatives deemed successful.

    The liberal seeds have been planted. Watch them bloom. So the horse pulling the plow got a lame leg. So what? Send him out to pasture. There’s another one coming to pick up where he left off.

    Meanwhile, the GOP does not condemn even planting such a crop. They simply debate how many seeds should be planted. They fail to realize the seed being planted is the seed of weed. The thing about weeds is they don’t need much planted before it spreads like wild fire.

  • Iowahawk simply states it: “The IRS is now basically an organized crime mob.”

    I saw that on Twitter, and one person replied by saying “what do you mean, now?”

    Another person then added “what do you mean, basically?”

    Then a 3rd person tweeted in reply “what do you mean, organized?”

    Gave me the lolz

  • These are scenarios that have happened to me lately, and why I could see myself being “targeted”. I (good grief) have Verizon everything because that is the only service I can get out here in Farmville. Last year someone had used our number to make numerous calls to someone is MORACCO! To the tune of over $3,000.! I have never been out of the U.S. well unless you consider Canada and Mexico. Who is to say that if these calls were monitored by big brother that I could not be accused of something. Wouldn’t it be up to me to prove my innocence ? I recently got a “new cell” and kept getting numerous text messages that I was paying for from only god knows who. anyway I took the phone in and they were completely boggled as to what was going on. some of these messages were very suggestive etc. I don’t ever use text. I don’t even get it. They gave me a new number. How nice. I am trying not to feel too paranoid about this. Another interesting IRS joke my brother passed away over two years ago and his estate was fairly simple. The IRS has that thing so completely screwed up. The right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. We have proven without a doubt that he is “DEAD”! It is all being handled through a tax attorney! The estate needs to be settled and they need to get their “agents” working with some knowledge instead of wasting and burning of our tax dollars. I think the Republican party stinks and I will not give one more dime to them until they take a united stand on these horrific problems. They are just as guilty through omission by allowing these issues to get so out of hand. And while I’m at it so are our Church leaders.

  • Big government tyranny is here. In a video Betsy McCaughey, the former lieutenant governor of NY, explained briefly how Obama is following in Vladimir Lenin’s footsteps. Democrats are all about power and control. And they believe the more they have the better. With bigger government comes increased corruption, abuses of power, less liberty and increased tyranny.

  • “When the state has the capability to know everything except the difference between right and wrong, it won’t end well.” They truly don’t seem to be able to notice the difference between the two. Maybe I can get this mentioned in our church bulletins for a few weeks.

  • Truth, Teresa.

    “Corruptissima republica plurimae leges. [The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state.]“ -Tacitus, the Annals ca. AD 69

Mark Steyn on the Slaughter in Woolwich

Saturday, May 25, AD 2013

I wish I had something cheerier to start the Memorial Day weekend, but Mark Steyn, as usual, knocks it out of the park with his weekend column.

This passivity set the tone for what followed. In London as in Boston, the politico-media class immediately lapsed into the pneumatic multiculti Tourette’s that seems to be a chronic side effect of excess diversity-celebrating: No Islam to see here, nothing to do with Islam, all these body parts in the street are a deplorable misinterpretation of Islam. The BBC’s Nick Robinson accidentally described the men as being “of Muslim appearance,” but quickly walked it back lest impressionable types get the idea that there’s anything “of Muslim appearance” about a guy waving a machete and saying “Allahu akbar.” A man is on TV dripping blood in front of a dead British soldier and swearing “by Almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you,” yet it’s the BBC reporter who’s apologizing for “causing offence.” To David Cameron, Drummer Rigby’s horrific end was “not just an attack on Britain and on the British way of life, it was also a betrayal of Islam. . . . There is nothing in Islam that justifies this truly dreadful act.”

 
How does he know? He doesn’t seem the most likely Koranic scholar. Appearing on David Letterman’s show a while back, Cameron was unable to translate into English the words “Magna Carta,” which has quite a bit to do with that “British way of life” he’s so keen on. But apparently it’s because he’s been up to his neck in suras and hadiths every night sweating for Sharia 101. So has Scotland Yard’s deputy assistant commissioner, Brian Paddick, who reassured us after the London Tube bombings that “Islam and terrorism don’t go together,” and the mayor of Toronto, David Miller, telling NPR listeners after 19 Muslims were arrested for plotting to behead the Canadian prime minister: “You know, in Islam, if you kill one person you kill everybody,” he said in a somewhat loose paraphrase of Koran 5:32 that manages to leave out some important loopholes. “It’s a very peaceful religion.”

 
That’s why it fits so harmoniously into famously peaceful societies like, say, Sweden. For the last week Stockholm has been ablaze every night with hundreds of burning cars set alight by “youths.” Any particular kind of “youth”? The Swedish prime minister declined to identify them any more precisely than as “hooligans.” But don’t worry: The “hooligans” and “youths” and men of no Muslim appearance whatsoever can never win because, as David Cameron ringingly declared, “they can never beat the values we hold dear, the belief in freedom, in democracy, in free speech, in our British values, Western values.” Actually, they’ve already gone quite a way toward eroding free speech, as both prime ministers demonstrate. The short version of what happened in Woolwich is that two Muslims butchered a British soldier in the name of Islam and helpfully explained, “The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day.” But what do they know? They’re only Muslims, not Diversity Outreach Coordinators. So the BBC, in its so-called “Key Points,” declined to mention the “Allahu akbar” bit or the “I”-word at all: Allah who?

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Douglas Murray also has a must-read column on the subject.

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How Many Dead Babies?

Tuesday, April 9, AD 2013

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  • This is too horrible for words.

    Thank you for covering this. Dear God…

  • Amazingly, most people in society seem pretty comfortable with abortion and homosexuality. Many people, in fact, have become ardent proponents of these practices. America has changed dramatically within several decades; actually within the lifetime of many people alive now. These last several decades have seen an enormous acceleration of liberalism.

  • I agree with the observation but I wonder if it isn’t a natural result of hyper-individualism.

    The most common idea I hear expressed, at least with regards to abortion and homosexuality, is “I wouldn’t do it but whose to say…”

  • It’s so sickening, and I agree with David. “Who are you to judge” is the phrase that most people seem to utter when talking about most things. I’ve seen, in more than one comment section, people say that Jesus is non-judgmental & He wouldn’t be upset with abortion. Most people forget that He said, “Go and sin no more.” And I believe that most people don’t even think about sin anymore. I was at the doctor’s office, leaving the building with my kids. There was a woman walking near us. I was talking to my son, but he was 10 feet ahead of me. I said, “Don’t lie, it’s a sin.” And she gave me a funny look. The bizarre thing is that Kermit Gosnell is being ignored, and Christians are on the “Extreme Terrorist” list.

  • Forty years ago on April 9th I lost our third child. I still have all the admittance and dismissal papers from that experience. I remember how sad and weak I felt and was in a state of loss. The nurse on charge(and I will never forget her, Miss Bell) was very cold and heartless. “Is this your first?” “No it is my third”. Well settle down, you got two kids, you can always have more.” That experience was very painful both physically and mentally. I had already picked out names, Jennifer or Matthew. The baby was clearly a baby. It wasn’t a blob of protoplasm. I know it is in heaven as I “baptized it with baptism of desire”. When I asked what they did with the remains, she said, “it wasn’t anything anyway”. They threw in the garbage. I don’t know how anyone could deliberately kill their own. I would take every baby. I would find a home for them all or they could live here. And I have done that over the years. Yes I went on to have a lovely family of six, but I can never forget that little tiny person they threw in the garbage. My husband and I cared for many children over the years and opened our home to unwed mother’s. I have sat with these young women through childbirth and watched as they gave their babies up. Am I like not ok? When I read these stories of these butchers I actually feel sick. I will never understand.

  • I cant read this without wanting to throw up…

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  • “I agree with the observation but I wonder if it isn’t a natural result of hyper-individualism.”

    I don’t know about that. Individualism is the favorite boogeyman of many a Catholic. But what about the hyper-collectivism of the “your child belongs to the community” crowd? Many of that crowd have supported such activities.

    No. I think the source of the problem is found in Genesis 3.

  • Kristen Powers, “Infant beheadings. Severed baby feet in jars. A child screaming after it was delivered alive during an abortion procedure. Haven’t heard about these sickening accusations? It’s not your fault. […]”

    Your question is vital: “How many dead babies?” Let’s ask our pastors and our bishops and the cathlicks that vote democrat because of the lie that the GOP would cut their entitlement/welfare money . . . Howze that working for you now that Obama has finally put up a budget?

    Note to Kristen Powers, It’s the fault of politicized (read liberal democrat) catholic educators, hierarchy, clergy and their subversions of social justice teachings . . . And, all the MSM (and the Murdoch empire) 24/7 waving 20 little, bloody shirt, er, undocumented democrats, er, gay marriage, er, global warming . .. .

  • Ugh . . . I do not know how you can rationalize this in any way, shape, or form. My stomack churns at the horror of what Ms. West said happened!

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  • My heart is just split right in two, for the mothers and the babies.

  • This is such a blatant failure on all levels. It is unspeakable.

  • Something diabolical is going on inside the upper levels of govt. They ignored all this. There is much more to this than your worst nightmare.

Sandra Fluke and Our Broketastically Brokey-Broke Nation

Friday, September 7, AD 2012

At his best, there’s simply no one who writes like Mark Steyn.

So this is America’s best and brightest – or, at any rate, most expensively credentialed. Sandra Fluke has been blessed with a quarter-million dollars of elite education, and, on the evidence of Wednesday night, is entirely incapable of making a coherent argument. She has enjoyed the leisurely decade-long varsity once reserved for the minor sons of Mitteleuropean grand dukes, and she has concluded that the most urgent need facing the Brokest Nation in History is for someone else to pay for the contraception of 30-year-old children. She says the choice facing America is whether to be “a country where we mean it when we talk about personal freedom, or one where that freedom doesn’t apply to our bodies and our voices” – and, even as the words fall leaden from her lips, she doesn’t seem to comprehend that Catholic institutions think their “voices” ought to have freedom, too, or that Obamacare seizes jurisdiction over “our bodies” and has 16,000 new IRS agents ready to fine us for not making arrangements for “our” pancreases and “our” bladders that meet the approval of the commissars. Sexual liberty, even as every other liberty withers, is all that matters: A middle-school girl is free to get an abortion without parental consent, but if she puts a lemonade stand on her lawn she’ll be fined. What a bleak and reductive concept of “personal freedom.”

America is so broketastically brokey-broke that one day, in the grim future that could be, society may even be forced to consider whether there is any meaningful return on investment for paying a quarter-million bucks to send the scions of wealth and privilege to school till early middle-age to study Reproductive Justice. But, as it stands right now, a Cornell and Georgetown graduate doesn’t understand the central reality of the future her elders have bequeathed her. There’s no “choice” in the matter. It’s showing up whatever happens in November. All the election will decide is whether America wants to address that reality, or continue to live in delusion – like a nation staggering around with a giant condom rolled over its collective head.

As funny as it is, it almost makes one want to weep.

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  • One of the most dismaying features of contemporary liberalism is how it infantilizes its adherents. Sandra Fluke is a first rate example of this process of transforming adults into perpetual wards of the State. That the Democrat powers that be thought that parading this embodiment of “gimme gimme” liberalism would sway sane voters is a testament that the epithet socialist that is tossed at them vastly understates the religious devotion to Holy Mother the State that is obviously now the guiding belief of the party of Jackson.

  • Mark is wonderful. Contrasting the naive nature of Sandra Fluk with our elders and anscestors that made societal advances one painful and slow step at a time is wonderful. In ages past, someone like Sandra would have been dragged out of the gathering. She would not have been given the privelage to banter after the first few minutes. Today, she is the darling of the liberal left. I say, let her speak. She may do more good for conservative growth than you think.

  • stuff like this is why i appreciated Cardinal Dolan’s use of the phrase “ordered liberty” in his benedictions — i think he’s the only prominent figure i’ve ever heard use a phrase like that recently. Republicans like to invoke how we’re a nation of liberty, and they obviously see it in different terms than the personal libertinism of the Left, but because neither side does a ton of in-depth discussion in politics about what exactly our conceptions of liberty are, Democrats inevitably go “you say you’re for liberty, well why don’t you support [insert Democratic proposal here]”

  • Even the grand pooh bah of world socialism H G Wells was deathly afraid that socialism would degenerate into a society of slackers and infantile wants. His book The Time Machine was intended as a stark warning of that with its pretty but feeble ELOI. Even the degenerate Morlocks who worked in a lowbrow way were too much for the Eloi to fight against.

    It’s ironic the Sandra advances a position that is almost identical with the old male chauvinist idea of the available woman who could be used without consequence and attachment. Her boyfriends (she has never indicated that she was in a monogamous relationship) apparently have no responsibility to her. She is smart enough to realize though that she could never make it as a conventional lawyer; her only hope is as a politico in some blue state.

  • Good post, Paul Z. Aside comment: for the life of me, I can’t understand why any red-blooded American male would even be able to muster the physical straightness (as it were) required to necessitate Sandra Fluke’s need for contraceptive. Looking at her face and appearance, one’s ability for reproductive activity would surely shrivel up in disgust and revulsion for nothing attractive therein resides.

  • “It’s ironic the Sandra advances a position that is almost identical with the old male chauvinist idea of the available woman who could be used without consequence and attachment.”

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I don’t know how many times I have tried to explain to my fellow women that contraceptives and “consequence free” sex turn a great many of us into mere receptacles. It drives me up a wall to see how so many women blatantly advertise their sexual availability, in some cases literally trolling for sex, and in the next breath (or post if they’re on the interwebs) will complain about being lonely and not being able to find a good man who loves her for who she is. And if you suggest that maybe these ladies should keep their lady bits to themselves for a while, you’re a “hater” and a prude. It boggles the mind!

  • Rozin: ” She is smart enough to realize though that she could never make it as a conventional lawyer; her only hope is as a politico in some blue state.”

    Because unless Fluke’s life is gounded in TRUTH, Fluke and her overlords and minions, and everything they touch, will fail.

    This one requires three (3) Hail Marys

  • If I were Sandra Fluke’s father I would be so heart sick with shame, I would have an emotional breakdown.

  • etcera, etcera, and so forth: Twenty three million people, unemployed, and Sandra Fluke tells us that the people owe her birth control; speaking of being “out of touch”. The War on Women is nothing more than a war on reality. The human being must take back his dignity and his taxes.

  • “… What a fabulously confident and ingenuous-seeming political narcissist Ms. Fluke is. She really does think—and her party apparently thinks—that in a spending crisis with trillions in debt and many in need, in a nation in existential doubt as to its standing and purpose, in a time when parents struggle to buy the good sneakers for the kids so they’re not embarrassed at school . . . that in that nation the great issue of the day, and the appropriate focus of our concern, is making other people pay for her birth-control pills. That’s not a stand, it’s a non sequitur. She is not, as Rush Limbaugh oafishly, bullyingly said, a slut. She is a ninny, a narcissist and a fool…”

    ~ Peggy Noonan
    http://online.wsj.com/article/declarations.html

  • Yeah Greg, I know I would be pretty heartbroken and feeling dishonored if she were my daughter too. When I read your comment, my mind immediately jumped to some lyrics by my favorite band, Marillion, and I wonder if they would apply.

    She was a wallflower at sixteen
    She’ll be a wallflower at thirty-four
    Her mother called her beautiful
    Her daddy said a whore

  • JA: I may start to read Peggy Noonan. I stopped reading in 2008 when she went “all in” against Governor Palin and McCain.

    Greg: If that was me, I’d say, “I always thought she looked a lot like the mailman.”

  • RL says: “some lyrics by my favorite band, Marillion, and I wonder if they would apply.’

    She was a wallflower at sixteen
    She’ll be a wallflower at thirty-four
    Her mother called her beautiful
    Her daddy said a whore.

    At sixteen, the child is an un-emancipated person, a minor in a court of law, and daddy don’t do nutthin but pray for her. Maybe, “her daddy” needs the prayers more. Pornified culture be damned. RL, don’t go there.

    Mary

  • Thanks for the advice Mary. But since the subject wasn’t a sixteen year old’s sexual escapades (“was” is past tense, and the reference was to a particular man’s actions), and the subject matter of the album is the very fallen state of a man who realized that his life of licentiousness not only failed to bring happiness, but destruction and despair. He ended up finding that the goodness contained in his childhood was the answer to his happiness. But again, thanks for the warning. I’ll be more careful about my consumption of the pornified culture in the future.

Demography, Contraception and Fiscal Melt Down

Sunday, February 19, AD 2012

 

 It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn.

George Washington

 

Mark Steyn at National Review Online, notes that the fiscal lunacy of the Obama administration and the HHS Mandate are linked:

 

As for us doom-mongers, at the House Budget Committee on Thursday, Chairman Paul Ryan produced another chart, this time from the Congressional Budget Office, with an even steeper straight line showing debt rising to 900 percent of GDP and rocketing off the graph circa 2075. America’s treasury secretary, Timmy Geithner the TurboTax Kid, thought the chart would have been even more hilarious if they’d run the numbers into the next millennium: “You could have taken it out to 3000 or to 4000” he chortled, to supportive titters from his aides. Has total societal collapse ever been such a non-stop laugh riot?

Yeah, right.” replied Ryan. “We cut it off at the end of the century because the economy, according to the CBO, shuts down in 2027 on this path.”

The U.S. economy shuts down in 2027? Had you heard about that? It’s like the ultimate Presidents’ Day sale: Everything must go — literally! At such a moment, it may seem odd to find the political class embroiled in a bitter argument about the Obama administration’s determination to force Catholic institutions (and, indeed, my company and your company, if you’re foolish enough still to be in business in the United States) to provide free prophylactics to their employees. The received wisdom among media cynics is that Obama has engaged in an ingenious bit of misdirection by seizing on a pop-culture caricature of Republicans and inviting them to live up to it: Those uptight squares with the hang-ups about fornication have decided to force you to lead the same cheerless sex lives as them. I notice that in their coverage NPR and the evening news shows generally refer to the controversy as being about “contraception,” discreetly avoiding mention of sterilization and pharmacological abortion, as if the GOP have finally jumped the shark in order to prevent you jumping anything at all.

It may well be that the Democrats succeed in establishing this narrative. But anyone who falls for it is a sap. In fact, these two issues — the Obama condoms-for-clunkers giveaway and a debt-to-GDP ratio of 900 percent by 2075 — are not unconnected. In Greece, 100 grandparents have 42 grandchildren — i.e., an upside-down family tree. As I wrote in this space a few weeks ago, “If 100 geezers run up a bazillion dollars’ worth of debt, is it likely that 42 youngsters will ever be able to pay it off?” Most analysts know the answer to that question: Greece is demographically insolvent. So it’s looking to Germany to continue bankrolling its First World lifestyle.

But the Germans are also demographically exhausted: They have the highest proportion of childless women in Europe. One in three fräulein have checked out of the motherhood business entirely. A nation that did without having kids of its own is in no mood to maintain Greece as the ingrate slacker who never moves out of the house. As the European debt crisis staggers on, these two countries loathe each other ever more nakedly: The Greek president brings up his war record against the German bullies, and Athenian commentators warn of the new Fourth Reich. The Germans, for their part, would rather cut the Greeks loose. In a post-prosperity West, social solidarity — i.e., socioeconomic fictions such as “Europe” — are the first to disappear.

The United States faces a mildly less daunting arithmetic. Nevertheless, the Baby Boomers did not have enough children to maintain mid-20th-century social programs. As a result, the children they did have will end their lives in a poorer, uglier, sicker, more divided, and more violent society. How to avert this fate? In 2009 Nancy Pelosi called for free contraceptives as a form of economic stimulus. Ten thousand Americans retire every day, and leave insufficient progeny to pick up the slack. In effect, Nancy has rolled a giant condom over the entire American economy.

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  • Obama — our Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning

  • You do know that our total debt as a percent of GDP fell from the end of WW2 until 1980 when our tax policy (not our spending) took a dramatic change. The percentage has since risen except for the 90’s when our tax policy briefly took a minor reversal from their current direction. The direction of the deficit and then the debt changed abruptly again as the tax policy changed in 2001. I know there are going to be many comments claiming it was all about spending, but that is not what the data shows. The relationships between tax policy and the point when the graphs of the current balance and the total debt change direction are clearly related to tax policy. The recent massive debt does have a spending component in that the severe recession we entered in 2008 did cause an increase in spending, but the larger effect was a decrease in tax collections due to the recession.

    I do disagree with the HSS ruling, but if we are going to show charts of rising debt, then we should lay the blame where if belongs. It belongs on our unwillingness to pay for the things we want. We were promised (both nationally and at the state level) that if we cut taxes we would see prosperity and increased . The lowest federal tax rate since WW2 at the federal level has brought massive deficits and the worst 10 years of employment since WW2. A 15 year recorded of increasing tax cuts in Michigan (coupled with the fall of the American auto industry) have devastated our state. At the very least we should stop seeing the claims that tax cuts will improve our economy and increase government revenues as a result since the evidence is to the contrary.

  • Justice and peace!

    Obama’s policies are destroying the evil, unjust private sector.

    It’s working.

    Pharaoh’s economic reports hide the huge decline in number of Americans with jobs.

    Mark Steyn: Obama, Romney and Santorum are talking about sex while the nation goes broke. Each day, 10,000 Americans retire but “leave insufficient progeny to pick up the slack. In effect, Obama has rolled a giant condom over the entire American economy.”

    America can’t employ more people.

    In 30 years, there will not be enough taxpayers to pay for the entitlement masses, $100,000,000,000,000.00 present value of cash flow due. Taxes won’t cover interest on the national debt.

    Then, grandpa will be left out in the cold.

    Justice and peace!

  • “The lowest federal tax rate since WW2 at the federal level has brought massive deficits and the worst 10 years of employment since WW2.”

    Complete hogwash Paul. No possible jacking up of the tax rates can possibly pay for our completely out of control entitlement spending, which is apparently insatiable. Your argument would have a tinge of merit if the European welfare states, paying higher taxe rates than we do, were not also on the same quick path to national bankruptcy.

  • And for those who might still labor under the illusion that congress and this admin-
    istration are in any way serious about this situation, please reflect on the fact that it
    has been almost three years since the federal government has had a budget.

  • No possible jacking up of the tax rates can possibly pay for our completely out of control entitlement spending, which is apparently insatiable.

    Federal spending is currently about 24% of domestic product. There is a mess of junk in the federal budget that ought to be excised, but that is a policy choice. We could certainly levy the taxes necessary to pay for it.

  • ‘The Obama administration is the perfect avatar for the all consumed in self mentality produced by a contraceptive culture that can see no further than the brief span of time this globe is occupied by those who currently inhabit it.’ Yup.

    George Washington’s quote ends with their choice – to stamp misery on ages yet unborn.

    Laughing at religion and conscience like silly jokers, talking about sex enough to train the needy national psyche away from their sleight of hand, and accommodating no one but their handlers with money.

    ‘ and leave insufficient progeny to pick up the slack. In effect, Nancy has rolled a giant condom over the entire American economy.’ As she said on the video, something like uh – more bang for the buck – er – that’s what the economists say.

  • The United States faces a mildly less daunting arithmetic. Nevertheless, the Baby Boomers did not have enough children to maintain mid-20th-century social programs.

    For the record, postwar birth cohorts have varied between 2.9 million and 4.3 million, with no secular trend in size. Our total fertility rate has been at replacement level or above for that entire time bar a brief run of years in the late 1970s. Escalating burdens of caring for the elderly have been a function of improved life expectancy, a problem which can be finessed by having the retirement age on an appropriate escalator.

  • To pay for entitlements Art would require doubling tax rates. Not only is that politically inconceivable, the impact on our economy can be imagined.

    http://www.heritage.org/budgetchartbook/entitlements-double-tax-rates

  • Since the late Fifties Art, the rate of fertility has declined from 3.8 children per woman to 2.06 today. 2.10 is considered to be the replacement rate, and since 2000 we have been at that for only one year: 2008.

  • Given the Pelosi pic, I think a better title for the post should have been– “Demography, Comtaception, and Facial Meltdown.”. After all, the Pelosi facelifts are taxpayer supported.

  • Don, please tell me what I said that is hogwash. The federal tax revenues are the lowest as a percentage of GDP since WW2. The 10 years of employment since 2001 (when the income tax rates were cut followed by tax cuts on capital gains and dividends) are the worst since WW2. I could give you numerous links including the federal government’s budget page. Also, do you deny that our budget was in surplus before the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003?

    As for entitlements, the problem continues to be Medicare, yet every proposal to fix the problem by doing what has been successful in every other country is rejected in this one.
    As compared to the European welfare states please the chart below. The data is sorted by the larges Debt as a percentage of GDP by country. Of the welfare states in Europe that have economies comparable to the US, you could only rank Italy as having a higher debt burden than the US. And only the UK has come anywhere close to the US in the increase of debt from 2000 to 2010 (I included the 2009 numbers to demonstrate that this did not all occur under President Obama). The problem in Europe is that they decide to include countries like Greece in the Euro zone and Germany absorbed East Germany. These actions are close to the US agreeing to a common currency with Mexico, this might help Mexico but would be a significant burden.

    National debt as a percentage of GDP
    2009 2009-2000 2010 2010-2000
    Japan 197 66 220 89
    Italy 109 2 119 12
    United States 67 22 94.36 49.36
    Germany 73 14 83.96 24.96
    Canada 65 -6 83.95 12.95
    France 80 21 82.33 23.33
    United Kingdom 59 17 75.5 33.5
    India* 66 -4 71.84 1.84
    Brazil* 66 -2 66.84 -1.16
    Spain 56 -7 60.12 -2.88
    China* 32 9 3 3.83 10.83
    South Korea 31 18 33.44 20.44
    Russia* 5 -14 11.75 -7.25

    Sorry to be so long winded in a com box, but I felt the need to respond.

  • Sorry, I spent 20 minutes trying to format the chart and then the columns still did not line up.

  • The pig’s not getting any cleaner Paul. A more pertinent list is that of the total national debt as a percentage of the country’s annual gross domestic product. Go to the link below to view the list.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_external_debt

    The numbers for most of the European nations are especially shocking when consideration is given that they spend next to nothing on defense as compared to the US.

    The idea that the solution to this problem is to raise taxes is simply wrong. The only solution is to radically slash government spending and such a solution will come, probably after the financial crash the West is inevitably headed for.

  • Integrity I wish Obama had some.

  • Don, Still you said my original post was hogwash and make the claim that the answer is not raising taxes. Although I agree the answer is not just raising taxes. Anyone who would claim that the federal government (or any other institution) could not improve it’s efficiency would be silly. However, you have yet to answer what part of The current take of the federal government being the lowest since WW2 or the decade of job performance since the taxes were dropped were “hogwash.” Plus you avoid commenting of the fact that we had a surplus before taxes were cut in the early 2000’s.

  • We did not have a surplus under Clinton Paul. We had the dot.com bubble, a Republican Congress and blue smoke and mirrors with social security funds.

    http://www.craigsteiner.us/articles/16

    If the Bush tax cuts were completely repealed, we could expect to have around 200 billion a year in additional taxes. The deficit for this year is estimated to be 1.327 trillion dollars. Increasing taxes isn’t even a bandage on the underlying problem of run away entitlement spending.

  • Yes Don, unfortunately when the social security taxes were doubled in the 1980’s President Reagan insisted that SS funds were counted in the deficit calculations. And that did allow the issue that the article points out. It is also true that President Clinton had the advantage of the computer industry expansion and dot com bubble to the income side. But Pres. Clinton does deserve credit for stopping his party from spending the money and he stopped the Republican party from issuing tax cuts instead of responsibly reducing our deficit during good times. If you don’t believe this draw a graph of the current balance of the federal government from 1980 through 2010. It has a point of inflection at two points. In 1993 it changes from constantly going more negative to going less negative. In 2001 it changes from constantly going less negative to going more negative. The curvature did not change when congress changed from Democratic to Republican in 1995, nor did it change when the congress went back again in 2008. It changed when President Clinton gained control of the budget process and it changed again President Bush gained control of the process. There is a lot President Clinton did I do not agree with, and some things I find abhorrent, but if the data does not show you that he was responsible for the improving current balance of the federal budget during the 1990’s than you are choosing not to look.

    By the way, you still have not pointed which of my original comments are “hogwash.” Since this is a nice way of saying I am lying, I wish you would at least attempt to support the claim in some way.

  • To pay for entitlements Art would require doubling tax rates. Not only is that politically inconceivable, the impact on our economy can be imagined.

    Heritage is an advocacy group. They are not necessarily going to be terribly explicit about it that when they speak of the federal income tax they are not discussing the whole menu of federal or state taxes. The federal income tax comprehends about half of all federal tax collections and about a quarter of all tax collections.

    As we speak, the ratio of federal tax collections to domestic product is 0.149. I believe that is lower than it has been at any time in the last 50-odd years. However, there was a revolution in state and local expenditures during the years running from about 1965 to 1975, so total tax collections are not so low, but not abnormal in context.

    Currently, federal expenditures amount to about 24% of domestic product, just a wee bit higher than they were in 1984. (Federal tax collections as a share of domestic product are lower than they were, so public sector borrowing is at this time 9% of domestic product rather than 6% of domestic product). All things being equal, the relative size of the public sector (beyond a certain baseline) is inversely related to measures of economic dynamism. There is a cost to be paid in static utility and in economic vibrancy each time you expand the public sector’s take and that cost has to be taken into account in assessing any proposed program.

    Now, how are we financing this expenditure? We are financing it through a mix of taxation and public sector borrowing. One might expect that it does diminish utility to finance an activity from coerced contributions (taxation) rather than voluntary contributions (borrowing). Keep in mind that the diminution of utility would be some fraction of 9% of domestic product, perhaps expressed in anemic growth rates experienced as the tax increase is imposed (recall that the money is not being invested, but parked in Treasury issues). That is not what you want, but it is not economically devastating either).

    If you wish to make an argument against a particular manifestation of public expenditure, make that argument; there’s plenty to choose from. If you wish to argue that there are perverse incentives encoded into entitlement programs, make that argument. If you wish to make an argument that optimal public expenditure is of a particular dimension, make that argument. What you really ought not to do is contend that it would be economically devastating to maintain a public sector of a given relative size when we have in fact done so for 35 years or more (and other countries have maintained larger such sectors for longer periods).

  • The idea that the solution to this problem is to raise taxes is simply wrong. The only solution is to radically slash government spending and such a solution will come, probably after the financial crash the West is inevitably headed for.

    I think it might benefit you if you have the time to review the Appendix to the Budget of the U.S. Government and the analytical tables (not the executive summaries, which can be misleading). There are clunky pdfs available online. Review it with two notions in mind.

    1. You cannot welsh on debt service;

    2. The elderly and disabled have very limited capacity to adjust to reduced economic circumstances; diminution of benefits to these sectors (that would be Social Security, Medicare, and that portion of Medicaid which finances nursing homes) has to be undertaken quite gradually and is not going to net you much over the course of the next several years.

  • And I would suggest Art that you contemplate the deficits for the last five years and consider this truism: “Something that can’t go on forever will not go on forever.” National public debt is currently at 99% of GDP. Our capacity to finance the government by conjuring money out of thin air is coming to an end and probably sooner rather than later due to an increasing realization that we can never pay off this amount of debt, at least not with a currency that has anything close to its present value. Slow motion debt repudiation, hyper inflation, currency devaluation, whatever it is called, it is eventually going to occur with severe damage to our economy.

  • I am perfectly aware of the problem. However, cessation of public sector borrowing requires:

    1. More revenue; and

    2. Less spending.

    My complaint about your posts on this matter is a deficit of specificity as regards the latter and your insistence that the former cannot occur. There’s quite a mass of bilge in the federal budget. There are roughly 55 independent agencies you could shut down with little damage to the public interest; two cabinet departments that could be shut down with like consequences; a third department which could have its budget cut by >90% with like consequences; and another that could use a 22% cut. The thing is, you pump out the bilge and you still have problems.

    A. Reducing the bloat derived from the structural defects in entitlement programs takes time;

    B. Removing excess spending in legitimate programs requires intensive attention to granular details or requires you make an arbitrary cut and tell the agency chiefs to figure out the details.

    C. Some sorts of cuts will induce or exacerbate fiscal crises in state and local government. Liquidated programs are properly partially replaced with formulaic revenue sharing.

  • Medusa, the Gorgon, is Nancy Pelosi. Medusa had snakes for hair. Nancy Pelosi has snakes (lies) for hair. The sight of Medusa turned men to stone. Nancy Pelosi turns men to stone. Nancy Pelosi gives her son a stone when he asks for a loaf of bread and a snake when he asks for an egg. As a public servant, all citizens are constituents of Nancy Pelosi. We, the people, are her public, her national community. Yet, Nancy Pelosi consistently gives us, her constituents, a stone, when we ask for a loaf of bread, and a snake when we ask for an egg. If untruth, or perjury in the public court of law is permissible, then, Nancy Pelosi has handed us, her constituents, a stone when we ask for a loaf of bread and a snake when we ask for an egg.
    In Greek mythology, Perseus slew the vile Medusa by viewing her in the mirror of his shield for if he had looked at Medusa straight away, he would have been turned to stone. Medusa had snakes for hair, the sight of which turned men to stone. Perseus, son of the Greek king of gods, Zeus, separated Medusa’s ugly snake-generating head from her body with his sword. Separating Nancy Pelosi from her snake-generating lies with our vote in November will free us, her constituents, from turning into stone.
    St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland. It is time to drive the snakes out of the United States Congress.

HHS Mandate Hastens The Demise Of Liberal Catholicism & Ensures The Growth of Catholic Orthodoxy

Tuesday, February 14, AD 2012

In a bizarre way President Barack Obama, through his Health and Human Services Mandate (HHS) has united religious orthodoxy across the spectrum as never before. In its wake liberal religiosity is going the way of striped pants, bell bottoms and lava lamps; something that is only seen on rare occasions usually when too much alcohol is flowing. At the precipice stands liberal Catholicism, for soon there will be no need for them to retain any religious presence. Liberal Catholic mouthpieces like the National Catholic Reporter are destined to go the way of so many other products whose users outgrew the usefulness of what they read and believed.  Mainline liberal churches have imploded all the while the numbers of Catholics and Evangelicals continue to grow. Apparently the liberal religious elite are so smart, they have disappeared into the mists of history.  Even if the current baby boomers remain religious, their liberal minded children have by and large abandoned the faith to the whims of Hallmark and Deepak Chopra styled spirituality.

In my last book The Tide is Turning Toward Catholicism, I noted that having worked in the Church with a good deal of liberals I cannot think of a single instance in which their children retained their liberal views and also practiced their Catholic faith. I have met their children and while some have become Evangelicals and others have seen the light and come over to orthodox minded Catholicism; those who have remained liberal would only darken a church door if a close relative passed away. Sadly not only have they left their faith but many can’t find a single good thing to say about it. Their compliments are reserved for Big Government and Libertinism.

I am not writing this to sound clever or flippant or negative, simply to relate what I see. In many ways, the tide is turning like never before, and we can’t say that Jesus didn’t tell us that wheat would be separated from the chaff. Indeed we can’t serve two masters and the liberals by and large have thrown their lot in with the Herod’s of the world. While the liberal elite pretend to live oh so sophisticated lives; they in reality are nothing more than a fallen character in a 1980s hair band ballad video, succumbing to the vices on Sunset Boulevard that the liberal elite relegated to some degenerative red state tourist. As angry as we may be at the religious left’s venom and their apostasy, they most certainly need our prayers and we should never forget that supposedly wise people can be fooled as much as anyone by the dark side.

In my previous article, I noted the striking metaphor of the pall of smoke hanging over the Acropolis in Athens caused by rioting Greeks who could no longer pay for their extravagant lifestyle. They are merely the first example of a culture that has aborted and contracepted itself into oblivion, prophetically predicted by Pope Paul VI in his encyclical Humanae Vitae. For the Greeks, Big Government had the answers and their Epicurean ancestors had the lifestyle that seemed oh so appealing. However in reality they couldn’t pay the bills because charged with the simple mission of reproducing they felt it too complicated of a task.

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  • when they get rid of the carol keehans and all the clowns running our
    institutions their own way i’ll believe the tide is turning.

  • The Holy Spirit is truly at work here to rejuvenate our One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church by separating wheat from the chaff just as Jesus Christ Himself promised us, oh so, so long time ago. + Laudetur Iesus Christus +

  • Good essay, Doug. But Donald’s essay on “The Catholic Left Falls into Line” is sadly depressing because the regime in charge will listen only to the Catholic Left. The Bishops have to start public excommunications. 1st Corinthians chapter 5 comes to mind.

  • How will this affect our Catholic universities?
    Wouldn’t it be great if a Catholic college taught Catholic faith, doctrine and morals. Girls living in an all girls dorm. No overnight visitors. Religion classes, including Catholic philosophy and Church history be taught for 4 years. Wouldn’t it be great to have Catholic universities that teach science AND morals.
    .
    And I agree with Paul P above, the Church REALLY needs to address the Liberal Left, anti-Church Catholics who work against the Church Monday-Friday, but go to communion on Sunday and publicly call themselves good, devout Catholics. This would be HUGE for us folks in the pews – I find it hard to talk to my children about the faith when Catholics in public life (politics) promote ideas opposite of the Church teachings but call themselves good Catholics (“I will punch you in the face with my rosary”)

  • too many gifted and talented individuals are not even attempting to dip their toe in the waters of entrepreneurialism because it may be too much work.

    And: too much financial punishment — high taxes, in other words — for those who do dip their toe in that water.

  • Amen. Amen. Amen. I can sense the shift in the air… a slow grinding shift building momentum… the teeth gnashing from the enemy is sentient also.

  • Mr. Hartline, I would love to read your books. Have you considered formatting them for kindle?

  • Vicki I hope that when my new book tentatively titled; “The Tide Continues to Turn Toward Catholicism” comes out, we should have a kindle option available for my books. Thank you for your interest. Honestly all of you out there who fight the good fight in your special way are all part of that turning tide.

Komen as an Example of Liberal Tolerance for Diversity

Sunday, February 5, AD 2012

One of the key ironies of the times in which we live, is that those who prate most about tolerance tend to be the most intolerant.  A recent example is Komen and the hysterical reaction of the pro-aborts to the news that Komen was going to be neutral here on out in the abortion debate and would no longer be giving their annual tribute to Planned Parenthood a/k/a Worse Than Murder, Inc.  This was absolutely intolerable to almost all left-thinking liberals everywhere.   It could not be allowed to stand and they screamed and stamped their feet until the decision was reversed. Nothing is so much of a “high-worship word” on the left in this country as abortion, and Planned Parenthood is the guardian of this holiest of holies.  Such blasphemy against this sacred constitutional rite right could not be tolerated, and Mark Steyn explains why:

Until the other day, Komen were also generous patrons of Planned Parenthood, the “women’s health” organization. The foundation then decided it preferred to focus on organizations that are “providing the lifesaving mammogram.” Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms, despite its president, Cecile Richards, testifying to the contrary before Congress last year. Rather, Planned Parenthood provides abortions; it’s the biggest abortion provider in the United States. For the breast-cancer bigwigs to wish to target their grants more relevantly is surely understandable.

But not if you’re a liberal enforcer. Senator Barbara Boxer, with characteristic understatement, compared the Komen Foundation’s Nancy Brinker to Joe McCarthy: “I’m reminded of the McCarthy era, where somebody said: ‘Oh,’ a congressman stands up, a senator, ‘I’m investigating this organization and therefore people should stop funding them.’” But Komen is not a congressman or a senator or any other part of the government, only a private organization. And therefore it is free to give its money to whomever it wishes, isn’t it?

Dream on. Liberals take the same view as the proprietors of the Dar al-Islam: Once they hold this land, they hold it forever. Notwithstanding that those who give to the foundation are specifically giving to support breast-cancer research, Komen could not be permitted to get away with disrespecting Big Abortion. We don’t want to return to the bad old days of the back alley, when a poor vulnerable person who made the mistake of stepping out of line had to be forced into the shadows and have the realities explained to them with a tire iron. Now Big Liberalism’s enforcers do it on the front pages with the panjandrums of tolerance and diversity cheering them all the way. In the wake of Komen’s decision, the Yale School of Public Health told the Washington Post’s Sarah Kliff that its invitation to Nancy Brinker to be its commencement speaker was now “under careful review.” Because God forbid anybody doing a master’s program at an Ivy League institution should be exposed to anyone not in full 100 percent compliance with liberal orthodoxy. The American Association of University Women announced it would no longer sponsor teams for Komen’s “Race for the Cure.” Sure, Komen has raised $2 billion for the cure, but better we never cure breast cancer than let a single errant Injun wander off the abortion reservation. Terry O’Neill of the National Organization for Women said Komen “is no longer an organization whose mission is to advance women’s health.” You preach it, sister. I mean, doesn’t the very idea of an organization obsessively focused on breasts sound suspiciously patriarchal?

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  • Ah, but it’s not intolerant to object to the injection of politics into something as important as health care! Politics, of course, meaning pretty much anything that doesn’t fit their world view…..

  • The only tolerant liberal I ever saw was dead.

  • Komen’s decision to defund Planned Parenthood was a purely political decision than would have put a number of women at risk for developing breast cancer, Rather than admitting that, Komen gave a variety of shifting and inaccurate rationales for their decision. Komen has every right to defund any group they choose. They don’t have a right to lie about their reasons for defunding a group that has provided four million breast exams in the last five years.

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  • The Komen Foundation reverse engineered this “controversy” when Ari Fleischer and Karen Handel first got Congressman Cliff Stearns to start an investigation, and then used that as a pretext to cut off funding to an organization that conservatives have been gunning for for years. Komen was, of course, within its rights to act like cowardly tools, just as it was the right of millions of women,and the men who support them to call Komen on its cowardice. Why do conservatives always sound so shocked to discover that freedom of speech cuts both ways.

  • Of course freedom of speech works both ways Satch, which is why pro-aborts do their best in regard to the mainstream media organs that they control to keep the pro-life message from getting out. Thanks to the hysterical reaction of Planned Parenthood to Komen getting its snout out of their funding, everyone now knows now that Komen funding goes to the largest abortion provider in this country, something that pro-lifers have been talking about for years. A big round of thanks to the pro-aborts out there who helped get this finally reported on by the mainstream media!

  • Ah, our pro-abort “guests” are coming in from this blog:

    http://alicublog.blogspot.com/

    I will be rather busy this day in the law mines, so I would appreciate our regular commenters giving our “guests” a helpful dose of logic and fact.

  • “Pro-aborts”, huh? Ooh… good one. Is that one of those “fact and logic” things you were talking about? And in what universe is the corporate controlled media “liberal”?

  • Satch,

    Do you have a Obama2012 sticker on your Prius?

    Or, do you drive a Subaru?

    Also, Satch,

    Are you concerned that if I shot a sasquatch (they can’t get good pictorial evidence) and gave the specimen to the Smithsonian, the aliens would get angry and destroy the world?

  • “Pro-abort” Satch is an accurate description of anyone who opposes banning abortion, just as “pro-slavery” was the proper description of anyone a century and a half ago in this nation who opposed banning slavery rather than calling those individuals “pro-choice” on the slavery question. As to the “corporate controlled media” you might be surprised at how many executives from those companies never show up for the annual March for Life, but how many do routinely contribute to pro-abort politicians. In any case, anyone who doesn’t concede that the mainstream media is not firmly in the pro-abort camp is simply not being intellectually honest.

    http://the-american-catholic.com/2012/01/29/bias-what-bias/

  • And, for the record, pro-slavery people likewise took offense at being called pro-slavery. Stephen A. Douglas’s wife owned slaves who worked the plantation her father had left her in his will, and which Douglas managed for her, but when Lincoln called Douglas “pro-slavery” in their famous debates, Douglas took great umbrage.

    Much as pro-aborts of today routinely do.

  • Now, I go a little off base.

    I apologize in advance.

    I am a starkly heterosexual, 61-year-old male. If I were not endeavoring to follow Christ and the Gospels, I would not have opposed abortion since 1973.

    No, it is not about women’s rights or health; or to free women from male domination.

    It’s biology.

    Real men support abortion, PP, etc. for the greatly increased opportunities for gratuitous fornication.

    I have more stuff. But, I’ll stop.

  • UPDATE: 1,340 signed the petition yesterday, on Super Bowl Sunday. Help get the word out, por favor. http://fb.me/1kCEs81uk

  • The logic is pretty simple:

    “pro” means “in favor of”, or also “in support of”
    “abortion” means “abortion”
    “pro-choice” means “in favor of choosing”

    Choosing what? Abortion, of course. Because that is the only choice that “pro-choicers” fear would be taken away.

    “pro-choice” therefore means “in favor of” or “supporting” the choice to abort, and therefore equals “pro-abortion”. QED

Mark Steyn On The Comedy Central Capitulation

Monday, April 26, AD 2010

Mark Steyn has a good post on National Review Online in regard to the Comedy Central appeasement of the jihadists that I referred to in this post here:

Meanwhile, Comedy Central — you know, the “hip,” “edgy” network with Jon Stewart, from whom “young” Americans under 53 supposedly get most of their news — just caved in to death threats. From a hateful 83-year-old widow who doesn’t like Obamacare? Why, no! It was a chap called Abu Talhah al Amrikee, who put up a video on the Internet explaining why a South Park episode with a rather tame Mohammed joke was likely to lead to the deaths of the show’s creators. Just to underline the point, he showed some pictures of Theo van Gogh, (the picture at the top of this post) the Dutch film director brutally murdered by (oh, my, talk about unfortunate coincidences) a fellow called Mohammed. Mr. al Amrikee helpfully explained that his video incitement of the murder of Matt Stone and Trey Parker wasn’t really “a threat but just the likely outcome.” All he was doing, he added, was “raising awareness” — you know, like folks do on Earth Day. On Earth Day, lame politicians dig a hole and stick a tree in it. But aggrieved Muslims dig a hole and stick a couple of comedy writers in it. Celebrate diversity!

Faced with this explicit threat of violence, what did Comedy Central do? Why, they folded like a Bedouin tent. They censored South Park, not only cutting all the references to Mohammed but, in an exquisitely postmodern touch, also removing the final speech about the need to stand up to intimidation.

Stone and Parker get what was at stake in the Danish-cartoons crisis and many other ostensibly footling concessions: Imperceptibly, incrementally, remorselessly, the free world is sending the message that it is happy to trade core liberties for the transitory security of a quiet life. That is a dangerous signal to give freedom’s enemies. So the South Park episode is an important cultural pushback.

Yet in the end, in a craven culture, even big Hollywood A-listers can’t get their message over. So the brave, transgressive comedy network was intimidated into caving in and censoring a speech about not being intimidated into caving in. That’s what I call “hip,” “edgy,” “cutting-edge” comedy: They’re so edgy they’re curled up in the fetal position, whimpering at the guy with the cutting edge, “Please. Behead me last. And don’t use the rusty scimitar where you have to saw away for 20 minutes to find the spinal column . . . “

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  • I can’t begin to describe my annoyance at Comedy Central. This is the United States of America. Since when do we let radical muslims dictate what we may and may not talk about?

  • Comedy Central is just following the craven trail blazed by America’s news outlets with respect to the Motoons. I’m less disgusted with an entertainment outlet doing the same.

    The grimly funny thing is that Islam is not uniformly aniconic with respect to depictions of religious figures in general. The ban only applies to figural representations in worship spaces.

    The Shia have a history of illustrations–including the modern era–of Muhammad and Ali. Khomeini had a painting of Muhammad on his desk. In the Sunni world, the Turks (and, IIRC, the Mughals) had miniature paintings of Muhammad and others they hail as prophets. I’m absolutely certain the Mughals had no problem with figural depictions of historical figures–their miniatures are magnificent.

    Speaking of the Turks: the whitewashing of expropriated Christian churches in Constantinople did not happen right away. For example, Hagia Sophia and the Church of the Savior in Chora (now the Kariye museum) did not have their frescos and mosaics covered until the 16th and 17th Centuries. In short, the alleged dogmatic prohibition against figural depictions, even of religious figures, are not universal, and even in the Sunni world are of comparatively recent vintage.

  • Thought this was amusing apropos of our conversation on the other thread, Don. Here’s Douthat’s column today, more or less taking your side:

    Except where Islam is concerned. There, the standards are established under threat of violence, and accepted out of a mix of self-preservation and self-loathing.

    This is what decadence looks like: a frantic coarseness that “bravely” trashes its own values and traditions, and then knuckles under swiftly to totalitarianism and brute force.

    Happily, today’s would-be totalitarians are probably too marginal to take full advantage. This isn’t Weimar Germany, and Islam’s radical fringe is still a fringe, rather than an existential enemy.

    For that, we should be grateful. Because if a violent fringe is capable of inspiring so much cowardice and self-censorship, it suggests that there’s enough rot in our institutions that a stronger foe might be able to bring them crashing down.

    Evidently, he saw the same parallel as you did with Weimar Germany, while acknowledging the identification wasn’t complete.

  • I’m with Steyn 100%.

    “Happily, today’s would-be totalitarians are probably too marginal to take full advantage.”

    Today’s would-be totalitarians have infiltrated the White House.

  • Everybody Draw Mohammed Day will be on May 20.

    http://tinyurl.com/draw-mohammed-day

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